In the neighborhood of 52 years ago, an elderly man sat in a rocking chair on a front porch on a rustic log cabin in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. As he rocked back and forth he said to me;
“I rock like this when I worry. I worry all the time, even when I pray, I worry that I’m not good enough for God to hear.”
You know, I’m sure that if God heard only those who are “good enough” He wouldn’t be busy at all!
God, in His mercy, has laid out several biblical plans for overcoming worry. The bottom line worry is an expression of our failure to trust God. Most of the things we worry about are in today’s clogged planner. They are real or imagined people and stuff of a later time, perhaps tomorrow, but still later time.
The more worry about people or things, the bigger the people or things appear. We must come to understand that the most prominent person, event, or something about which we worry is a mere vapor when compared to God who has demonstrated His love and care for us, by offering up Jesus on the Cross of Calvary to die in our place. God loved us that much while we were still sinners.
Thus, according to Paul, he loves us much more as children!
Reading comments on the thoughts and words of men and women who have been through it often brings comfort and hope to me when I fall into the pit of seeing problems as more significant than they are. There are no threats that are bigger than God!
Corrie ten Boom is credited with this little couplet:
“Worry is an old man with bended head, carrying a load of feathers which he thinks is lead!”
The great, in my opinion, songwriter, Ira Stanphill, wrote 550 beautiful songs about Jesus Christ walking with us through our time on earth. One has especially encouraged me along the journey. Here’s a line:
“I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day, I don’t borrow from its sunshine For its skies may turn to gray, I don't worry o'er the future For I know what Jesus said And today I'll walk beside Him For He knows what lies ahead.”
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